Laurel Cohn on the power of stories and structure

Laurel Cohn has spent her working life exploring ways of communicating stories about ourselves and others. As a developmental editor she has been helping writers since the 1980s prepare their work for publication and hone their pitches. Many writers she has worked with have gone on to be published successfully. She spent five years with one of Australia’s top literary agents and ...

Book Review: Awesome Animal Stories for Kids by Aleesah Darlison

For some time now, both as a parent reading to my children and as a children’s literature student, I’ve felt that a little too much children’s fiction falls into the animal genre. And it has a long history: the horrific wolf in Perrault’s Little Red Riding Hood of 1697, The Tale of Peter Rabbit published in 1902, Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926, ...

Benjamin Law on his narrative journalism journey

Benjamin Law is a frequent contributor to frankie, The Monthly, Qweekend and Good Weekend. He has written for over 50 Australian and international publications (including The Australian Financial Review, The Big Issue, Smith Journal, Sunday Life and Crikey) and has been anthologised in The Best Australian Essays twice. He is the author of The Family Law and Gaysia. How did you ...

Event Recap: First Friday Club with Bookseller Amelia Lush

First Friday Club is our members-only monthly conversation and morning tea with an expert industry professional. May's meeting featured Membership & Administration Officer Sherry Landow in conversation with Amelia Lush, manager of Better Read Than Dead in Newtown, Sydney, and specialist children's bookseller/buyer for Better Read Kids. Amelia has worked in independent bookstores in Sydney for over eight years and has ...

Spotlight On… Judith Daley

This month, our Spotlight shines on Judith Daley: a wonderfully active long-time member of the NSW Writers' Centre. Judith is a retired public servant and, in her retirement, has taken up occasional 'acting'. 'I’ve called it "acting" because I don’t know what else to call it, but I think what I do is the furthest thing away from real acting imaginable!' ...

Susan McKerihan on the advantages of good grammar

Susan McKerihan spent 20 years as the Plain English editor at PwC, and now has her own business training, coaching and advising businesspeople on how to improve the style and impact of their documents. She was a member of the review panel for Style Manual 6th edition (John Wiley, 2002) and her book on clear business writing, Clear & Concise, ...

Book Review: Super Sports Stories for Kids by Patrick Loughlin

Ever wondered what you’d do if your togs fell off during a swimming race? Or if a shark turned up in the middle of your surfing championships? Patrick Loughlin's Super Sports Stories for Kids, a middle-grade book featuring twelve short stories about sport, explores these unexpected sporting moments and more. It includes all the usual suspects: cricket, netball, soccer, AFL ...

Our Street Library, Garry Jr, is looking for a home!

Street libraries are a new twist on a not-so-new concept: making books available in a public space for others to take and share. The Street Library project aims to improve, promote and spread the practice by helping people build eye-catching public spaces to house the transient books and by promoting the libraries through an online registry. Would you like your own ...

The power of collaborative writing: Denise Tart, Jenny Crocker & Jane Richards

Jane Richards has been a journalist and editor at The Sydney Morning Herald for 25 years. Jenny Crocker is trained in communications and currently works for the NSW Government creating awareness campaigns. With a background in theatre and business, Denise Tart is now a civil celebrant. Neither they nor their two co-authors had published fiction before collaborating on their novel, ...

‘Whose Story Is It Anyway?’: notes from the 2016 Playwriting Festival

Telling stories about other cultures can be a minefield for any writer, and indeed is a significant issue in Australian theatre. In this panel, playwrights from varied backgrounds discussed how to navigate this tricky space. It sparked a fascinating conversation about the limits, dangers and rich rewards of writing diverse stories. Moderator Michele Lee opened the panel by reading out an ...

What We’re Reading: May 2016

We've been a diverse bunch of readaholics this past month, devouring everything from lit journals to audiobooks to poetry and short story collections. Here's what's been on the NSWWC reading radar throughout April. Bridget Lutherborrow, Projects & Communications Officer I took some time to get stuck into Issue 29 of The Lifted Brow recently. What stuck me most about this issue was ...

Book Review: Wildlight by Robyn Mundy

A remote island off the coast of Tasmania, where you live with your parents after being hauled away from your city, your school and your friends, seems an unlikely place to find a soulmate – but it’s on such an island that sixteen-year-old Stephanie has a chance encounter with young crayfisherman, Tom Forrest, and in some ways an unbreakable bond ...

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